An Important Message from The Australian Council for Educational Leaders

As you are likely aware, information about Covid-19 is being updated rapidly and the global response has escalated significantly.

Accordingly, ACEL have decided to postpone all events and workshops that were currently scheduled between March and June 2020. New dates for each event will soon be announced and all current registrants will have their registration automatically moved to the new dates. Each registrant will also be contacted individually by ACEL with further direct information.

ACEL regret this reschedule and any impact caused to our valued education network in this unprecedented time. However, the health and safety of our delegates, staff and partners is our number one priority and we believe this to be in the best interest of all.

Please contact us on should you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you

Aasha Murthy, ACEL CEO

Developing Resilient Learners is a one day workshop presented this May in Sydney , Brisbane and Melbourne where leaders and educators will have the opportunity to discuss, learn and collaborate across the following areas:

  • Understanding how, when and for whom growth mindset helps, as well as when it doesn’t
  • Identifying the best ways to boost student efficacy as well as staff collective efficacy
  • Determining how to adjust feedback processes so that the actual gains live up to those identified by research (between 50-83% gain in progress)
  • Exploring how the Learning Pit [The Learning Challenge] encourages students to step out of their comfort zone, willingly choose challenge, and to stick at their learning until they achieve a deep level of mastery
  • Each event is suitable for leaders, teachers and consultants across the 3-19 age range

The Learning Challenge: guiding students through the Learning Pit

Known by many as the Learning Pit, the Learning Challenge is used around the world to promote challenge, dialogue and a growth mindset. It was created by James Nottingham.

The Learning Challenge was designed by co-founder James Nottingham.

The Learning Challenge is for the teachers, leaders and support staff who wish to guide their students in the development of critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinking. It is a model that provides learners with a language to think and talk about learning. It helps build participants’ resilience, wisdom and self-efficacy. And when it is used as a structure for learning, it can also improve teacher clarity and raise expectations of success.

The Learning Challenge (LC) is designed to help students think and talk about their learning. In some ways, it is a child-friendly representation of Vygotsky’s (1978) zone of proximal development in that it describes the move from actual to potential understanding. It can help develop a growth mindset (Dweck, 2006), prompt people to explore alternatives and contradictions, and encourage learners to willingly step outside their comfort zone.


James Nottingham is best known as the creator of The Learning Pit® as well as co-founder of Challenging Learning and He is the author of nine books and director of a team of 30 consultants, evaluators and admin staff in six countries, including Australia. He has been a teacher’s aide and then teacher and leader in both primary and secondary schools in the UK, and toured many times with Carol Dweck and John Hattie, and will soon be working with Jo Boaler. His presentations are characterised by a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research and practical advice into a truly compelling narrative. He is described by Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development” and was recently listed among the Future 500 – “a definitive list of the UK’s most forward thinking and creative innovators.”

The Learning Challenge describes the theory and practice of guiding students through the ‘Learning Pit’. It is a practical book filled with ideas for making lessons engaging, thought provoking and collaborative.

Available now via the ACEL Bookshop

"This book includes so many worthwhile processes to invoke the various stages of learning, to show the connections between these stages, and to identify evidence of impact from techniques that have been tried and tested in many contexts around the world by James Nottingham and his team. It is a pleasure reading a book that puts the challenge back into learning."

~ John Hattie, 2017


Full Registration: $495
Combine & Save (Full): $655
Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership – normally $195.